The first event in our new בצלם אלוקים (B’Tzelem Elokim) series – Color Erases, Color Paints: Race, America, and Our Jewish Community with Rav Isaiah Rothstein – has been postponed until fall. Stay tuned for more information.
In this session you will learn about what it was like to grow up in a mixed-race Orthodox community of Monsey, NY, develop further understanding around race and racism in America and consider the role and legacy of the American Jewish community in lifting up a generation to see their Divine image.
Rabbi Rothstein recently joined The Jewish Federations of North America professional team as a Rabbinic Scholar and Public Affairs Advisor. He most recently served as Rabbi-in-Residence at Hazon: The Jewish Lab for Sustainability, is an Orthodox Rabbi from Yeshiva University, author and public speaker. Rav Isaiah previously served as the Spiritual and Experiential Educator at Carmel Academy of Greenwich in Greenwich, CT, and he has worked on the faculty of Camp Yavneh in New Hampshire. He is best known for his essay “Color Erases, Color Paints” which generated extensive debate within the Jewish community about race and diversity.
Growing up in a multi-racial Chabad family in Monsey, NY, Rav Isaiah sees himself as a human bridge, connecting disparate parts of the Jewish community. During his spare time Rav Isaiah plays music with his band Zayah. He currently lives in Harlem, NY with his wife, Leah.